Christopher W. Cheatham

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Chris is the managing partner of Cheatham Consulting, LLC.  Chris prepares construction claims on behalf of contractors, sureties, engineers and owners.  To read more about his approach to construction claims, please visit his blog Construction Claims Playbook (

Prior to launching Cheatham Consulting, Chris prepared and litigated construction claims at two Washington D.C. law firms.  For example, Chris helped numerous sureties and contractors to prepare claims against the Army Corps of Engineers related to a lock and dam project that resulted in an $11.3 million recovery.

Chris also worked with a surety to resolve disputes arising from a major highway construction project.  After the contractor was defaulted, Chris worked with the surety to analyze completion scenarios and draft claims arising from the defaulted contractor’s work that resulted in a recovery exceeding $1 million.

Chris has been involved in other major construction disputes, including the following types of projects:

•  International embassy
•  Dredging project
•  Military facility
•  Housing complex
•  Levee system
•  Commercial property

Chris is a LEED Accredited Professional and green building authority who frequently speaks to groups and associations and is quoted in the press regarding these issues.  His first published article was titled “What’s Your Green Construction Strategy?” and he has worked with attorneys, contractors, sureties, architects, engineers, and owners regarding green building growth risk management.

Chris is also the publisher of the widely-read Green Building Law Update (, a blog dedicated to emerging legal and regulatory issues in the green building industry.

Speaking Engagements

“Legal Considerations When Building Green,” The National Academies, Federal Facilities Council Standing Committee on Sustainable Acquisition, Design, and Construction (March 2010),  Presenter.

“Green Building in the 21st Century: the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Beyond,” Construction Users Roundtable’s National Conference (November 17, 2009), Co-Presenter.

“Suretyship and Green Building,” Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (February 2009), Presenter.

A full list of speaking engagements and publications is available at Green Building Law Update.


Admitted in Virginia and the District of Columbia
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited
Professional (AP), Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)
United States Green Building Council (USGBC), National Capital Region Chapter
American Bar Association (ABA), Surety and Fidelity Law Committee
ABA, Forum on the Construction Industry


University of Texas School of Law, Juris Doctorate – with Honors
University of Kansas, Bachelor of Arts – Phi Beta Kappa

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